Tony Award Winner Anaïs Mitchell ‘By no means Anticipated’ ‘Hadestown’ To Be So Politically Related: ‘That’s Not Why I Wrote It’


After ‘Hadestown’ swept the Tony Awards with eight wins, Anaïs Mitchell revealed to HL her ideas on the unintended political parallels within the present.

Anaïs Mitchell‘s 2010 idea album Hadestown, which began as a DIY present in Vermont, simply turned a Tony Award-winning rating, with the Broadway present itself taking house a whopping eight Tonys. “I didn’t got down to write the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, it was just a few lyrics that got here into my head once I was driving, they usually gave the impression to be about this factor, so it was very mysterious, sort of a present from the muses,” Anaïs revealed in an EXCLUSIVE interview with HollywoodLife on the Tony Awards pink carpet. “However, in fact, the story exists, it’s an historic fable and it feels prefer it incorporates a lot richness inside it. It’s a love story, a political story, it’s a narrative about religion and solidarity versus being made to really feel alone. All of these issues saved giving and giving.”

Hadestown, with Anaïs’ lyrics, tells the tragic story of Orpheus and Eurydice, in addition to Persephone and Hades, the king and queen of the Underworld. “This story is older and larger than any of us. It feels we’re chipping away at a sculpture that’s already within the stone,” the people singer stated. She developed the musical with 2019 Tony Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin, and introduced the story of Orpheus’s journey to the Underworld to rescue his love, Eurydice, to the theater.

“I’ve had some fantastic collaborators alongside the way in which, from the earliest days in Vermont, the place it started as a DIY present to the album we made in 2010 and naturally working with Rachel for the previous 6 years,” Anaïs gushed. Whereas she developed this storyline years earlier than the present political local weather was even a blip on our radar, Anaïs knew from the beginning there have been political parallels within the music and storyline. “The songs have at all times been political. I by no means anticipated it might really feel as related to present political occasions and the administration because it does now,” she defined.

Specifically, her track “Why We Construct the Wall,” sung by the haunting Patrick Web page, has aged slightly curiously within the time of President Trump, however to Anaïs, it “at all times has felt prefer it was a political track.” “It’s about wealthy and poor, and in regards to the constructing of partitions. So, if folks can discover that means for at present’s instances from it, I”m grateful for that, and, in fact, that’s not why I wrote it,” she stated.

You’ll be able to see Hadestown on Broadway on the Walter Kerr Theater!